Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 15th October 2020.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

What steps he is taking to help ensure that zoos and aquariums affected by covid-19 can access the Zoos Support Fund.

Photo of Victoria Prentis Victoria Prentis The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

The £14 million Zoos Support Fund ended and has been replaced by the £100 million Zoo Animals Fund. To make this fund even more accessible, we have expanded the eligibility criteria so that grant payments to zoos begin when they reach their final 12 weeks of financial reserves, rather than six weeks, and so that zoos can apply for funding at any time before reaching this 12 week point to help with their business planning. Defra officials have been engaging regularly with larger zoos to understand their concerns and will continue to do so.

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